December 2012- Seligman AZ
This was our first trip to Seligman, during our first retired winter sojourn. Since then we've stopped there a few times.
Seligman is the little town that could. At just 6.4 square miles, and boasting a population of only 456, it's become a legendary Route 66 town, welcoming multitudes of visitors from around the world every year. And, seriously, when you drive through the town it feels like you've been transported back in time. Seligman's Main Street is lined with historic locally-owned businesses that, against all odds, have withstood the test of time.
Seligman Sundries building was erected in 1905 as the Pioneer Hall Theatre and Dancehall. When Route 66 opened in 1926 it switched to become a Soda Fountain, Trading post and drugstore, Ted's Fountain Trading Post.
Tom and Maude Jolly owned the "Black Cat Café" on Railroad Ave. but when business moved to Route 66 they did the same in 1935 moving to the present location. Acquired by F. Hyde, he renamed it "Black Cat Buffet".
When US 66 was widened through town in 1963 the original building was demolished and replaced by a new one built behind it. It's still in operation.
Built in 1952 it advertised "This is a delightful spot to stop for a meal when you ar e driving along U.S. Highway 66. With food comparable to that found in fine city eating places and with its clean and attractively decorated cafe and dining room, you'll want to make it a point to stop here for a meal."
March 2015 - Signs and more signs
Our day in Seligman and William March 2015